World Tennis News: Wimbledon 2017

It’s the most anticipated event in the British Tennis calendar and the first week of this year’s Wimbledon Championships has not failed to disappoint, even the weather has been amazing!

After a very early exit from The Aegon Championships at Queen’s Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray opened up the tournament on Centre Court last Monday against lucky loser Alexander Bublik. The current World and British number one won whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and continued in good form winning convincly against long-haired (allegedly he’s not cut his hair since 1996) German Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He finished up the first week by winning a thrilling four set third-round clash yesterday against Fabio Fognini from Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The match, that lasted over two and a half hours, thrilled fans and finished just as darkness fell over SW19. Murray is now in last sixteen and will be back in action on Monday against France’s Benoit Paire.

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Joining Murray and Paire in the last sixteen is second seed Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (3), Rafael Nadal (4), Milos Raonic (6), seventh seed Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem (8), Alexander Zverev (10), Tomas Berdych (11), Grigor Dimitrov (13), Gilles Muller (16), Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Sam Querrey (24), Adrian Mannarinos and Kevin Anderson.

It’s not all been good news on the men’s tour with fifth seed Stan Wawrinka bowing out on the first day beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Russian Daniil Medvedev, 21 who was making his debut on Centre Court. Australian Nick Kyrgios who was twentieth seed was forced to retire in the first round due to a hip injury and it was a sad match for American Steve Johnson who was playing after the sudden death of his father Steve Johnson Snr, a respected tennis coach. Johnson lost to Cilic 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 in the third-round suffering an emotional outbreak during play and finishing the match in tears.

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British women’s number one and sixth seed Johanna Konta reached the second week of competition for the first time in her career after beating Maria Sakkari from Greece 6-4, 6-1, she will now face twenty-first seed Caroline Garcia. In the first round she defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 followed by Donna Vekic 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8 in round two. Fellow British player Heather Watson was knocked out yesterday in the third round by former number one Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, Azarenka will now face second seed Simona Halep in her next match.

Elsewhere in the Ladies’s event defending champion Serena Williams is unable to compete this year due to her pregnancy so 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber is top seed. Kerber made light work of her first round opponent Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 in the opening event of the ladies competition and now finds herself in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza (14). Day four saw Bethanie Mattek-Sands collapsing on court with a severe knee injury which resulted in her being rushed to hospital. Five time champion and tenth seed Venus Williams is also through to the fourth round and will face Ana Konjuh (27). Joining them in the last sixteen is Elina Svitolina (4), Caroline Wozniacki (5), Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Agnieszka Radwanska (9)Jelena Ostapenko (13)Coco Vandeweghe (24), Petra Martic and Magdalena Rybarikova. 

In the Men’s doubles Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares had their hopes of a Wimbledon title dashed when they were knocked out by Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Three-time men’s doubles champions brothers Bob and Mike Bryan also made their exit from this year’s championships after losing to Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi in the second round 3-6, 5-7, 4-6. In the Ladies’s doubles Watson and partner Naomi Broady beat fellow Brit duo Harriet Dart/Katy Dunne 7-5, 6-4 in the first round. In a shock second round victory the British wildcards Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis beat second seeds and defending champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 in an exciting five set match out on court three to round off middle Saturday.

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There’s still hope for some silverware for Jamie Murray in the Mixed Doubles event where he and partner Martina Hingis are top seeds and through to the third round after defeating the British pairing of Neal Skupski/Anna Smith 6-3, 6-0 in their second round match.

Totally Tennis coaches James McIntosh, Ben Jubin and Shaym Vithlani (Ben & Shyam pictured above enjoying their day yesterday) have all been enjoying Wimbledon this year with all three of them luckily enough to visit this week.

This year’s Wimbledon Championships runs until Sunday 16th July – for all the up-to-date  news and results visit www.wimbledon.com

Three official photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com Additional photos kindly taken by Katherine Catlin and Ben Jubin/Shyam Vithlani.

Aegon Championships | The Queen’s Club

Summer is officially here with the start of the grass court season. World and British number one Andy Murray, who is also defending champion and top seed, will be looking to win his sixth title at this year’s Aegon Championships which starts at The Queen’s Club in London today until Sunday 25th June.

Murray who won the title in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 will begin the defence of his title against fellow British player Aljaz Bedene tomorrow. Thirty two players are competing in this year’s event including  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), 2012 winner Marin Cilic (4), John Isner, Nick Kyrgios (9), French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka (2) and last year’s Queen’s Club runner-up Milos Raonic (3). Other players to watch include British number two Kyle Edmund and wildcards Cameron Norrie and James Ward.

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In the doubles Scottish-Brazilian pairings Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, fresh from winning the Mercedes Cup doubles title in Stuttgart, are third seeds with Murray’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen ranked number one. French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are second seeds and former world number one pairing of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are seeded fourth.

The Queen’s Club, named after Queen Victoria, was established in 1886 and hosts the world famous Aegon Championships on its 28 outdoor grass courts. The annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour was started in 1890 and is held in West Kensington every June in the run-up to Wimbledon that starts this year on 3rd July. The tournament attracts the world’s best male singles and doubles players, this year ten of the world’s top twenty players are competing. Along with Murray, tennis legends such as Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras have all lifted the iconic winner’s trophy.

In other tennis news, Judy Murray has been an awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Murray, who has worked to grow tennis across Great Britain, has been recognised for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.

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British number one Johanna Konta, 26 missed out on her first grass court title after she finished as runner-up in the Nottingham Open final after losing to Donna Vekic from Croatia 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

Information and photos sourced from www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

Hignett Wins HSBC Road to Wimbledon Club Event

Five girls competed in this year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event which was won by Isla Hignett with Tillie Reid finishing as runner-up. Hignett won all her matches beating Reid 4-1, 4-0, Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0, Atinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-0 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0. Reid beat Da Silva 4-0, 5-3 and both Adelakun and Chapman 4-0, 4-0. Hignett will now play in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 15th & 16th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. Reid will have to wait and see if she makes the final as one of the lucky runners-up.

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Head Coach James Macintosh said “Congratulations to Isla who has managed to qualify for the county event for the second year running.” he added, “Also well done to Tillie who was the runner up this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to take part in the county finals for the first time“.

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 14th – 19th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Hignett will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her former Totally Tennis players and her older brother Liam who played at the National Finals in 2014.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂

From the archives

Isla Wins HSBC Road To Wimbledon Club Tournament and Hignett On Road to Wimbledon

Tennis Talk: Murray Magic

2016 has been a fantastic year for Andy and Jamie Murray as they become the first brothers to end the year as Barclays ATP World Tour singles and doubles team number ones.

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Andy finishes the year as Wimbledon champion, Olympic gold medal winner, ATP singles finals champion and World Number One. Jamie has won both the Australian and US Open Grand Slam titles with new partner Bruno Soares and the duo have ended the year as the number one doubles team in the world.

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In a tense clash Andy beat former number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday at The O2 to keep his world number one ranking heading into 2017. This latest victory gave Murray his career-best winning run of 24 matches and ended Djokovic’s four-year run of success at season closing event and his bid to equal the six titles of Roger Federer.

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On route to the final Murray played some intense and exhausting matches beating Kei Nishikori 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-4, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 and Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (11-9). In the doubles, Jamie and Soares lost to fellow first-timers Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals 6-1, 6-4 but still ended 2016 as the top team in the world. Murray’s former partner John Peers and his new partner Henri Kontinen won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles final during their debut at The O2 defeating Klaassen and Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 to clinch the title.

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Photos used courtesy of www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/en

Girls Contest Road To Wimbledon County Final

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow played in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County 14 U Girls Singles final held in Southsea after finishing winner and runner-up respectively in the club event last month.
Even though the windy conditions made it tricky, Hignett won her first match convincingly 4-0, 4-0 against Poppy Marston but then faced top seed and last year’s winner Estella Hurlock in her next match where she was beaten by the older and higher rated player 4-0, 4-0.  Second seed Bromilow beat Imogen Sillitoe 4-0, 4-0 in her first match and Chloe Tarling in the quarter finals 5-3, 4-o but lost in the semis to Mia Gerty 4-2, 5-3. Hurlock then beat Gerty in the final 4-0, 5-3 to progress to the next stage and play at Wimbledon next month.
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Isla and her dog Lilly enjoying Southsea Beach after the tournament had finished
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said of the event “It was played at the Southsea Tennis Club which is closer to the beach on hard courts as the grass wasn’t ready.  It was extremely windy making conditions quite tricky.” she added “Both girls received bottles and headbands as participation prizes.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this annual tournament having had many squad players get through to play at SW19 in the past including Hignett’s older brother Liam.

Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.

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As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.

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It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.

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After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.

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In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.

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Photos used courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/ and www.wimbledon.com/

Busy Fortnight Ahead for QMC’s Sarah Goldson

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson has swapped her teacher duties for the next fortnight for her other role as manager of the Wimbledon ball boys and girls.

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Alongside her job at the local college Goldson has been working as the Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager at the Wimbledon Championships since 2011 after referring for several years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her teaching duties. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the Championships fortnight.

On the even of this year’s event Goldson said “This is my fifth championships in charge of the ball boys and girls. It has once again been a busy year combining this role with my teaching post at QMC but I enjoy the challenge“.

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Goldson starts training with the selected boys and girls in February at All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the covered courts before Easter and after the Easter break all training takes place at Wimbledon (mainly on the Covered Courts) and lasts until mid June apart from school holidays. 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at The Championships, Wimbledon and most of them spend two years as a BBG. Four teams of six selected to be responsible for Centre and No.1 Courts and six teams of six rotate around the other show courts.

It is a real privilege to have this job and watch the selected candidates progress through training.” she added, “There are always tough decisions to make about who does and who does not progress through the programme but ultimately the sacrifices they make are thoroughly rewarded when they step on the world’s most famous courts.

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The current college tennis team as well as ex-players/coaches also benefit from Goldson’s involvement with Wimbledon as they have the opportunity to play during some of the training sessions so that the BBGs can practice their set pieces that they work on in insolation in actual match situations (tie break, ball change etc). The QMC tennis team will be at the Wimbledon today watching the action on Court Two and Centre Court, a great way for all the players to celebrate the end of the college tennis season with a day out at a Grand Slam event.

Some of QMC’s players and ex tennis team, who are now coaches, have once again assisted by playing during some of the training sessions and it has been of great help. I am looking forward to seeing the BBGs on court tomorrow and like everyone am hoping for some sunshine.”

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Play starts today at 1pm on Centre Court where top seed, world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic kicks off his 2016 campaign against Britain’s James Ward. British number one, second seed and 2013 champion Andy Murray will play his first round match against fellow Brit Liam Broady on Tuesday. For all the up-to-date Wimbledon information, daily schedule and results visit www.wimbledon.com

All photos used in this post are from the Totally Tennis blog archive.

For more information about this year’s Wimbledon Championships read previous post Tennis Talk: Brits at Wimbledon Preview